Civil War was pivotal in deaf history by bringing the nation’s deaf
population out of society’s shadows. This was the view held by
a deaf author that researched the war and just published a book.

This author also said:
The bitter conflict had repercussions for the deaf community
that went well beyond the war. These deaf people felt empowered
to to believe in their own abilities, dispelling the myth
that they were unfortunates, with new identities, no longer

DeafDigest is not too sure about it – Civil War did not
immediately pull the deaf out of dark ages. It took years
for the deaf to get rights and laws enacted in their
favor (intepreters, education, ADA, captions,
employment, etc). And even with progress in recent
years, the deaf continue to feel the pain of
discrimination. In other words, still a long way to go!